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Monday, May 19, 2014

MSHSL Robotics Tournament

FRC Team 3313 Mechatronics competed at the MSHSL Robotics Tournament this past weekend at Williams Arena. The tournament was a fun end to an absolutely incredible year for our team and community. We did not win the tournament but did put up a good showing and ended up in 4th place.

The team headed down to the Twin Cities on Friday night. The Athletic Department at Jefferson High School has always been supportive of our team when we need it. Because this is a MSHSL run event, the AD pays for our trip which is awesome! We took a school bus and trailer down. We only had 12 people on the bus! The team unloaded the pit and robot. The inspection went great.

The hotel was great! We stayed in suites with big beds and couches. Everyone ate dinner at Noodles and Company. We spent the evening resting up for the competition. 9 qualifying matches in only 6 hours is crazy!

We finished qualifying with a 5-4 record and in 12th place. Bryce and Brooklyn did an AWESOME job driving the robot, trussing/scoring the ball, and playing defense. Our most memorable match was when we were partnered with 2512 and 2175. We scored 256 points! WOW! We had some bad luck in other matches which is ok. The competition was super intense.

Heading into Alliance Selection, we didn't really know what was going to happen. We hadn't really talked to other teams so we didn't know what was going to happen. Luckily, 4009 from Duluth picked us! We also partnered up with 2512 from Duluth. Our alliance put up a good fight. Unfortunately, we were not victorious. We finished the tournament in 4th place.

HUGE SHOUTOUT to the seniors who attended the tournament. Bryce Klang, Lacey Werman, Kacy McCormick, Molly Schouweiler, and Jade Blaydes. This was their last tournament as student team members. It's all a little bittersweet... We love our seniors and will sorely miss them. Luckily, many of them are not traveling that far.

Friday, May 16, 2014

MN State Champs Schedule and Live Stream

We've been busy on our Instagram and other social media platforms. So click on "social media" above and check them out!!!

The MSHSL will be live streamed on http://www.prep45.com/. However, it looks like it costs $4.97 to watch which kind of stinks... But it would totally be worth the money!!

We will do our best to tweet out match results as they happen. The automatic tweeting from FRC Megaphone will not be working for this event (technically not an "official" FRC event). So stay tuned to Twitter (@Team3313) to stay updated.

Here's our match schedule with match numbers and times. The full schedule with alliance partners is at the bottom as a picture.

Match #4

Match #6

Match #11

Match #19

Match #24

Match #26

Match #35

Match #38

Match #44

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Small Business Luncheon

Yesterday, Team 3313 drove on over to the Alexandria Technical College for this year's Small Business Luncheon, Business leaders form all around the Alexandria area, many of whom are our sponsors, came to eat a delicious meal while also learning about their local robotics team, yours truly. They were surprised at all of the "hardware" that we have acquired in our years as a team. many of these people had not seen our 2014 robot yet so they were amazed at the performance that Thor gave as he shot the ball into the air time and time again.
When everybody was settled, we were introduced and then we gave our presentation. Our team members discussed the FIRST community and why it is such a benefit to those it influences. We also announced our not so rumored A.R.T. (Alexandria Robotics Tournament) off season event, which will be held at the new Alexandria Area High School on November 1, 2014. 

It's really good that we get the chance to do these kind of events with our sponsors so we can keep them in the loop but also to inform businesses we have not talked to so we can show them the crazy world of FIRST Robotics.